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Kenny Chesney to Duet with Pink on New Album

Pop star will appear on a track from singer's 'Some Town Somewhere,' which has been delayed until October<p>In recent years, Kenny Chesney's female …

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Burning Man 2015 Opens in Black Rock: Pictures

The Arts

Leona Lewis: Why I had to leave Simon Cowell's label

By Nesta McGregor <i>Newsbeat entertainment reporter</i><p><b>Leona Lewis has told Newsbeat she had to leave Simon Cowell's record label in order to save her career.</b><p>The singer said it became "complicated" as Syco grew and signed other artists, after she signed following her X Factor win in 2006.<p>"It was amazing …

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Why listening to music can make you as fit as a fiddle: It can help your body fight infection and recover after ops

• <b>Researchers have found that classical music can lower blood pressure</b>• <b><br>It improved both short-term and long-term memory in people with dementia</b>• <b><br>Reduced</b> …

Paul Weller: 'I'm not a nostalgic person. I like now. I like today'

As the Modfather returns to the US, he’s determined to look forward rather than backwards, and don’t ask him about the Jam or Style Council reforming<p>Paul Weller thinks he has written three perfect songs over the course of his career. The lamentful Wings of Speed off his celebrated 1995 album …

What does the Apple Music launch mean for music fans?

Is streaming going to conquer the world? Are downloads gone? What’s going to happen to poor Jay Z and his Tidal? We have the answers<p><b>Is this the moment when streaming goes truly mainstream?</b><p>According to IFPI figures, there were just 41m subscribers on music streaming services globally last year. It …

This is a radio clash: can Radio 1 survive the Apple attack?

Breakfast show host Nick Grimshaw has lost almost a million listeners, Zane Lowe has jumped ship and young people are tuning in for less time. With Apple Music and Spotify changing the game, what does it mean for radio’s existing players?<p>When I met DJ Zane Lowe at Radio 1 at the end of 2013, he had …

10 of the best: redesigned pianos

Proving that Daniel Barenboim doesn’t have the monopoly on creating new pianos, here are some of the weirdest and most wonderful piano mods<p>Chichi, the rocking piano<p>Music, mirrors, and motion in perfect harmony courtesy of designer Sarah Davenport.<p>The Lyra Flügel<p>Short of floor space but want the …

Readers recommend: songs that build

... up momentum, energy, intensity, layers, volume or sheer emotion. From a whisper to a scream, suggest music that grows in unusual or powerful ways<p>What a song.* It begins with nothing more than a hint of stillness, a tiny flick of wind through grass, a gnat’s heartbeat, a cricket’s wink, a cat …

How the compact disc lost its shine

It’s 30 years since Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms began the CD boom. How did the revolution in music formats come about and what killed it?<p>Thirty years ago this month, Dire Straits released their fifth album, Brothers in Arms. En route to becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time, it …

Listen to the New Ex Machina Soundtrack

Not receiving a ton of attention but mostly rave reviews, the new film Ex Machina opened in early April and has flown under the mainstream radar. …

Has streaming stifled the music industry?

The launch of Tidal, backed by the likes of Kanye West, is the latest bid to make the subscription model viable<p>I would say that the opportunity to connect with new fans, build an audience and a live following, and sell merchandise is greater today than ever before. When a band’s only option was to …

Pop has lost its tribal fever, and I can’t help missing it

Liam Gallagher endorsing the new Blur single reflects a wider shift in how we relate to music<p>All that summer and on into autumn, a kind of fever seemed to grip the nation, as if we were living under a perpetual midday sun, making mad dogs and Englishmen of us all.<p>The battle of Britpop began simply …

Liam Gallagher

The Prodigy review – still berserk after all these years

Newcastle Academy Back from a six-year absence, the electro-punk Firestarters are as thrillingly insurrectionary as ever<p>“Are all my warriors here?” asks the Prodigy’s rapper, Maxim. If there is something faintly ridiculous about ascribing the term “warriors” to a lot of people who are punching the …

Motorist spotted driving while playing guitar

A motorist has been spotted strumming away on a guitar while driving down a busy dual carriageway.<p>The motorist, who has not been named, was snapped …

10 of the best festivals in Europe ... that you’ve probably never heard of

From a rave in an abandoned Polish coalmine to bonfires and bunting in the Bulgarian mountains, these under-the-radar festivals are an excuse to explore new musical landscapes<p>Compare the costs of festivals around the world<p>Meadows in the Mountains, Bulgaria<p>With a wild camping vibe – bonfires, small …

Reprezent: why the south London radio station should be saved

The cult station in Peckham, which boasts presenters as young as 15 and made stars of DJ Jamz Supernova and grime artist Stormzy, is threatened with closure due to funding cuts. But its supporters won’t let it go down without a fight<p>“We’re saying goodbye to one of our family members tonight, let’s …

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The three ages of modern pop: Scientists pinpoint musical 'revolutions' over past 50 years - and hip hop reigns supreme

• <b>Study of 17,000 songs showed three music revolutions since 1950s</b>• <b><br>First was in 1964 with the rise of rock and roll bands such as The Beatles</b>• <b><br>Drum</b> …

Björk talk: the avant-pop queen on festivals, technology and how to get old

It’s coffee time with Björk, everyone’s favourite elfin-alien-genius-song-nymph, and the conversation has turned to festivals, French children’s …

Björk

Glastonbury 2015: The Who confirmed as final headliners

Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will be joined on Sunday night’s Pyramid stage bill by Paul Weller<p>The Who have been confirmed as the Sunday night headliners for Glastonbury, in a repeat of their 2007 appearance in the same slot. They will be preceded on the Pyramid stage by Paul Weller, making …

Pete Townshend

Pop music marked by three revolutions in 50 years

<b>The evolution of western pop music, spanning from 1960 to 2010, has been analysed by scientists.</b><p>A team from Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London looked at more than 17,000 songs from the US Billboard Hot 100.<p>They found three music revolutions - in 1964, 1983 and 1991 - and …

Bon Jovi

The Courage of Bystanders Who Press 'Record'

Police-worn body cameras may be necessary, but we still need citizens who are brave enough to capture video of conflict.<p>On October 14, 2007, a middle-aged man was growing irate at the arrivals terminal of the Vancouver International Airport. Robert Dziekanski had been stuck in the airport for 10 …

Making a Tough Decision? Ask These Five Questions First.

When you're making a tough decision it's easy to let the wind take you for a ride. Try this instead.<p>Leading is mostly about making decisions. Sometimes you have the wind to your back and those decisions are easy, but in most cases the wind pushes against you, making decisions anything but easy.<p>The …

Leadership

The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

You don’t have infinite money. Spend it on stuff that research says makes you happy.<p>Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health of a society. We know that money can make you happier, though after your basic needs are met, …

Happiness

Tears and technology: inside Björk's virtual reality video for Stonemilker

Emily Mackay dons a headset and steps into an Icelandic landscape for the musician’s immersive new video experience<p>Music videos that make a virtue of innovation tend to hammer the point home with bells and whistles, spaceships and explosions: for example, Michael and Janet Jackson’s Scream, Kanye’s …

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Cerys Matthews: music to celebrate spring

Our musical agony aunt’s alter ego, Dr Crotchety, suggests some tunes for when you throw open the windows<p><b>Dear Doctor, Spring has sprung and I want to open the windows and get out in the garden. What songs for you best summon up this joyous time of year?</b><p>I recommend a live recording of Serenade To A …